Awesome telescope sheds new light on cosmos
Messier 17, or Omega Nebula, is shown in dazzling color in the first images transmitted from the new VLT Survey Telescope.
June 8th, 2011
09:14 AM ET

Awesome telescope sheds new light on cosmos

From a mountaintop in northern Chile, the largest visible-light telescope in the world has captured stunning images of the cosmos in never-before-seen detail.

The Paranal Observatory released initial images Wednesday from the powerful VLT Survey Telescope.

The images constitute a celestial breakthrough for the 15-nation European Southern Observatory, which runs the Paranal Observatory and has worked with astronomers to build telescopes that survey the sky in large segments.

“The VST project has overcome many difficulties but it is now repaying, with its excellent image quality, the expectations of the astronomical community and the efforts of the many people at INAF (Italian National Institute for Astrophysics) involved in its construction," Tommaso Maccacaro, head of the INAF, said in an ESO press release. "I am very pleased to see the VST in operation,” he said.

The VST image of the star-forming cluster Messier 17, so awesome it has at least three other descriptive names - Omega Nebula, Swan Nebula and Horseshoe Nebula - shows swaddling bands of light in astonishing clarity.

The ESO images are the fruits of the new VLT Survey Telescope and the "monster camera," OmegaCAM, which produces 268-megapixel images.

The new telescope sits among four other high-powered instruments on the summit of Cerro Paranal in Chile's Atacama Desert, an optimum location far enough from city lights to view celestial wonders.

Also released by the ESO was an image of the stellar cluster Omega Centauri, showing about 300,000 stars, according to the release.

The VST will make three public surveys over the next five years, the release said.

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  1. vipul desai

    Cool. The universe is just too amazing.

    What I want to know is – how does this telescope compare to Hubble? Because Hubble is outside the atmosphere, wouldn't it produce better images than this one? Or is this more powerful than Hubble in spite of being on the ground?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marley

    @Jack & Danny

    The causality argument fails miserably. You are using "God" to prove "God" exists. That is like a little child saying "BECAUSE" as a reason, ie. "God" is the first cause just BECAUSE. That don't work. You must explain what "God" is and how it does not need a cause as well, ie. infinite regression paradox

    So you still failed to answer the basic question: WTH is "God"?

    If there was such a state as NON-EXISTENCE, then we would not be here. But EXISTENCE is the ONLY state. Our current scientific understanding says, the precondition for everything we can see today is a: GRAVITY

    June 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    What you are looking at is the Mind of God.......we are all part of it. If you want to believe it or not that's up to you. Lizard brain people keeping spouting THERE is no GOD but it's right in front of you but people are too worried about their stupid ipods or lindsey lohan to grasp it.

    The proof exists before your eyes.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Marley

      @Mike: WTH is "God"?

      I claim there is a thingy up your butt. It's thingy and it's there. Am I right or wrong?

      You can't prove me right or wrong unless I can logically tell you what it is. By the laws of logic, since I cannot logically tell you what it is, then I know absolutely nothing about what is up your butt.

      Same thing with this thingy "God". If you can't logically tell me what is, you are DELUSIONAL, ie. looking for special treatment

      June 8, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Belief that a god (take your pick) created everything has it's origins going back long before humans could even write. Those were time when humans thought that a god made the sun rise, ect. Now we know better.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Albert911emt

    Joe, what exactly does your comment say about you? It tells me that you're pretty arrogant.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    Everyone loves a troll!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. thes33k3r

    Science!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Teddy3indc

      Only the study of Creation.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      Teddy3indc

      Prove your "creator".
      Now, I have smote him, turned my back on him, blasphemed against him, denied him MANY times, yet he is powerless to do anything to me. ... oh, this is a "wait and see" game... you wait, I'll live my life, learn and discover new realities...

      June 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zoltan

    I guess only computer music geeks will get the humor but i would want the VST as a VST-plugin 🙂

    June 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    "Awesome telescope sheds new light on cosmos" now with Retina display...!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Birdie

    Wait....if God didn't exist, then how do we exist? Simple, because God's God created him. God's God came into being, after God's grandfather created God.

    For the record, using this as a valid argument only shows how limited your level of logic and understanding stretch. Besides, what GOD are you all debating over? All Gods? Your God? Maybe if those of you who believe in a God, let everyone else believe what they want, people wouldn't be trying to disprove your God. However, since you believe it's your right to persecute, judge, and become an all around monster in the name of your God...well, welcome to the reason people can't stand listening to your God argument.

    In my world, the very idea that our stupid little peon brains have a clue about what or who God is, is absolutely ridiculous and pompous of every one of you. You're nothing more than small pieces of cosmic dust at best...yet you think you're qualified to not only explain God, but explain what God wants, and thinks? Do you really think God thinks on your limited and insignificant level of consciousness?

    Here's what you need to know. People are stupid. God is not in a ridiculous book cooked up by a bunch of old guys tripping off power and rye bread. If you believe there is something out there, great! Me too. However, if you really think you have it all figured out....well, that's why we laugh at you.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey

      We? Wow yer angry. I believe in God. Can't explain it. It's a personal thing.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • kevin k in tx

      Awesome. This is the most lucid point i have ever read on a thread. You rock.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Are we not a bit testy today?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • MSmith

      Sooo, since you are smarter that "people", I guess you are from another planet?? Or perhaps you have thoughts that you have been given "godly" like wisdom that is above the rest of us?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bogus

      A nice testimony of your personal faith. Well done.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • axyam

      @ Hey,
      I don't believe this comment would of been posted if you God believers' kept your beliefs personal, as you suggest.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • GallopMeetsEarth

      That about sums it up for me. Well said.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      "Hey

      We? Wow yer angry. I believe in God. Can't explain it. It's a personal thing."

      Well duh you can't explain it, other than the fact that you lack any evidence whatsoever, you are just going off your emotions that make you happy thinking there is someone looking out for you and that no one really dies off forever, pure emotion.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      I didn't see him claiming to be smarter. He's basically saying he doesn't know for sure and neither do you. I'm sure having answers to everything is comforting to you but it's just not realistic. We don't know jack.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I consider myself somewhat spiritual, and believe in some sort of higher power that created all of this, but I also have a logical mind that keeps my faith in check. Birdie couldn’t have been more concise and to the point on a subject so vast. Thanks Birdie.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Mike, Increased logic is usually tied to a decrease in faith.... imo..... As it says on the good book "Do not rely on your own understanding of the world". So shut your mouth and stop asking questions NOW!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      This has to be the most unintelligent rant I have come across on the web and I have come across many. Anyone who has read the bible with an opened and unbiased mind understands that we have a book that defies all attempts to disprove and annhilate it throughout it's history.

      The bible is a self proving book that needs no defence and anyone who attempts to suppress the truth within it's content will ultimately be the loser in the end.

      The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who went about to destroy the faith of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in 1728, but the Bible lives on. The irony of history is that 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      Talking about your imaginary friend again, eh?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Actually, you can't disprove God. At the same time you can't prove God's existence. The whole argument is fundamentally flawed. In one hand, if God exists, then the believers will be redeemed when some undeniably supernatural event happens which provides the proof, or experiencing the afterlife. On the other, if God doesnt exist, countless generations of atheists will wait in quiet desperation never progressing any further than that. You just dont like the idea of God existing, the philosophy is "anything is a possibility until disproven, even if you dont understand it yet", not "nothing is true until proof is found". Take this for example, just because no one had proved the earth was round until Galileo, does that mean the earth was actually flat until he did? Was the earth the center of the universe until the true nature of the solar system was proven by science.

      There may be conflicts between science and specific events in religions, but the CONCEPT of God can exist in complete harmony. Let there be light, all before day or the sun, what a profoundly accurated statement made thousands of years ahead of its time if there ever was one.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Hayden71 "Anyone who has read the bible with an opened and unbiased mind understands that we have a book that defies all attempts to disprove and annhilate it throughout it's history. " -– So many things wrong with that statement. What would cause said person to believe someone can rise from the dead? What about walk on water? Or any of the 100's of other magical tales tied to this bronze age book? There is no evidence to prove these physics bending miracles ever happened. Someone who was unbias and not being led to believe this stuff would ask .... Why should I believe in any of this magic? Because this book says its real? This book was written by men right, and in there they said it wasn't their word, but the word of god so that makes it automatically right? Anyone with half a brain sees through your bronze age magical brain dead stories.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      I completely agree Mr Birdie

      June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Daniel "Take this for example, just because no one had proved the earth was round until Galileo, does that mean the earth was actually flat until he did? Was the earth the center of the universe until the true nature of the solar system was proven by science." -– Worst example to use ever. Galileo used supporting evidence to come to his conclusion, Flath earthers did not (religious people). Using this example is like shooting yourself in the foot. Both show sciences abilities to come to a rational conclusion with supporting evidence. This in NO way backs your bronze age god stories.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      @Hayden I can see why you didn't like OP. You are exactly the type of arrogant know-it-all that the OP was referring to. Grats on showing yourself and proving his point!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      Michael said, "Hayden71 -– So many things wrong with that statement. What would cause said person to believe someone can rise from the dead? What about walk on water? Or any of the 100's of other magical tales tied to this bronze age book?"

      Your lack of an intelligent response shows me that you've never read it. I've known the most hard core athiests, drug addicts, theives etc. completely transformed by the Savior which you reject. I haven't seen atheism or humanism transform broken lives into productive ones.

      Until you read CAREFULLY the bible from cover to cover, quite frankly you have no intelligent argument to offer.

      Oh by the way, what has humanism/ atheism created besides the Hitlers and Stalins of history? Certainly neither "ism" has enjoined us to love our neighbours as ourselves.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      Yeah isn't it funny how it's always people that have absolutely failed in every other possible aspect of life that turn to religion? It's like they're so desperate at that point they are willing to let go of all logic and reason for a feeling of comfort. Just accept Jesus and repent for your sins and you will live in eternal bliss in the afterlife. I'm sure that sounds appealing when you have nowhere else to go.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Hitler was a roman catholic, he claimed to be in speeches and books and met with priests. You are speculating that he was an Atheist and grasping at straws like a moron because of it. Should I bring up the crusades? No need? Or should I bring up manifest destiny? I can stop at any time....... Leviticus and killing adulterers? Levticus and condoning slavery? Morality isn't an inherent quality by a given religion, you can't see that because you are so entrenched into your beliefs that anything evil = atheism or satan. Pretty simplistic/pathetic view of the world you must have.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Hayden71 – You don't want evidence, if you wanted evidence you wouldn't nod your head and agree that all of these magical miracles happened and all of these invisible magic people exist because it said so in a bronze age book. Nothing scientists can bring up can convince a magic believer otherwise. In your world sticks turn into snakes, people walk on water, resurrect, part seas, kill infants with killer fogs, spit on sick people to cure them, flood the earth but save every species on one boat, live in whales for days on end.....not in my world though, my world is called reality, there are plenty of us that live in it.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      Hey Michael...I don't see a need to attempt to prove anything to you seeing that you are so rabid in your own doctrine.

      Your personal attacks on people you don't know prove that you're not someone who will openly discuss these topics. You just want to attack people for their ideology without showing respect and dignity to the person so I will answer this for anyone observing and not to entertain you.

      The following exerpts show, "Hitler's private statements about Christianity were conflicting. Hitler's closest friends, such as Joseph Goebbels, Albert Speer, and Martin Bormann stated that Hitler generally had negative opinions of religion. He himself said, 'Our epoch will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity.'

      Goebbels noted in a diary entry in 1939 a conversation in which Hitler had 'expressed his revulsion against Christianity. He wished that the time were ripe for him to be able to openly express that. Christianity had corrupted and infected the entire world of antiquity.'

      Author Konrad Heiden has quoted Hitler as stating, 'We do not want any other god than Germany itself. It is essential to have fanatical faith and hope and love in and for Germany.'

      According to historian Laurence Rees, 'Hitler did not believe in the afterlife, but he did believe he would have a life after death because of what he had achieved.'

      Hitler professed an empty form of Catholicism partly because of his upbringing but mostly for political gain, however it’s quite obvious from his horrific deeds that he lived as if there were no God at all in which he would be accountable to.

      People can say they're Christians all they want but if they live like Hitler did, they're only imposters. Jesus said, "you shall know a tree by it's fruit". I could hang out in a garage and say I'm a mechanic all I want but I'm only deceiving myself if reality doesn't match with my profession.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angeleyes

      lmao this is completely double sided and hypocritical. You must have it all figured out that God does not exist right? And we are just small insignificant creatures with no purpose pretty much right? Then who was blessed with the capability to create internet so that you can freely vent? Who was blessed with the ability to create wireless energy? Who was blessed enough to know how to build the phone you use, the shoes you wear and the humans that made you? It is sad that you think so poorly of your own kind.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wakeup

    well well. stunning pictures from deep space, but how come the ol' moon, the closest celestial body to us is still in black and white? any explanations? what are THEY hiding?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • sean

      the photos aren't black and white, space is black colored and the moon is gray colored, what color did you think it was going to be.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • duh

      well you see light takes time to travel so when you see the moon you are actually seeing light from the past, specifically the mid-twenties when everything was in black and white... in a couple of decades this should shift to reflect the current color spectrum

      June 8, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • @Duh

      Lol

      June 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin k in tx

      i am pretty sure that you are joking right wakeup? I mean please confirm this for me...

      June 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      You big dummy...the moon is swiss cheese so it's white!!!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      Their hiding the colour because if we knew what the moon was really made of, the cheddar industry would go out of business.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      the photos aren't black and white, space is black colored and the moon is gray colored, what color did you think it was going to be.

      I think he was expecting to see a green moon due to all that green cheese being there.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolcat

      Sean, Kevin:
      Gettin' the joke: ur doin' it rong.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      @wakeup, just in case your question is in earnest, allow me to answer. When we look at our moon, we see a ball of mostly grayish dust reflecting the light from the sun. It really isn't in black and white, it just seems that way because the moon hasn't much color, at least not enough to see from here. Does that help? I don't think anyone is trying to hide anything.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      I was joking before of course, has anyone else read calvin and hobbes sheesh

      June 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrishYank2

      You're kidding, right? The moon is naturally gray due to the primarily silicate composition of its surface. BTW – are you a blond?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg G.

      They just don't want us to know it actually IS made of cheese...

      June 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Denizen Kate

    Joe, science is providing us with the most awesome and beautiful views of our universe than ever before, and this is the best comment you can come up with? I find that to be profoundly sad.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Looney Tunes

    Considering all there is to know and learn, we're all pretty damn ignorant.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Sherred

      You are, IMHO, exactly right. We all should be humbled.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      nuh uh! Know how easy it is for me to explain things I don't understand? All I have to say is "Jesus did it", and then I am automatically 100% correct.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MennoKnight

    The problem is with many atheists is that they speak, act, and behave like fundamentalists. That is why is "appears" to be a religion.
    If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.

    Did you know that for first 300 hundreds of Christianity Christians were accused of being "Atheists" by the Romans?
    Also Christians (including myself) also do not call Christianity a Religion. We call it the truth. Isn't that what you are doing too?
    It is a fine line between a philosophy and a religion. I think many of the atheists of today have crossed that line and don't even know it.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • AA

      The problem with christians is that they ruin EVERYTHING with religion, and then retort with arrogance when we tell them we are sick of hearing it.

      Thanks again for assisting in the destruction of another good article by preaching.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @AA – "Athiests Anonymous". I'd be ashamed to state my name too, based on your blissfully ignorant comments. If Christians ruin everything, then Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Kim must be the kind of heroes you look up to. After all, they were all Atheists as well. Besides, we have Atheism shoved down our throats all the time, from school, from television, from internet, from college, from rants on blogs like this one. Thanks for be such an ignorant, biased, hypocritcal jerk (you make a great Atheist, though – following the crowd).

      June 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Hitler was christian Ryan, thats been covered before.

      'we have Atheism shoved down our throats all the time, from school, from television, from internet, from college, from rants on blogs like this one'
      Seriously? you have atheism shoved down your throat huh? So please give us an example of this shoving.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      Who ever said Hitler was a Christian?

      Like the old time preachers used to say: Sitting in a church building no more makes you a Christian, than sitting in a henhouse makes you a chicken!

      The same could be said of simply calling yourself a Christian.

      As Jesus said: Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and not do the things I command?

      He also said: Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of my father, who is in heaven.

      Jesus said that what defines one as a Christian is whether they clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned. That sure wasn’t Hitler.

      Moreover Jesus was a Jew, as were the Twelve Apostles, as was the Apostle Paul, as were the authors of the New Testament, and as were the earliest Christians. (The gentiles didn’t enter the faith, until later.) I know I need not remind you of what Hitler thought about the Jews.

      One of the most fundamental and essential Scriptures of the Jews and Christians is found in Genesis 12, where God calls Abram and says that through him and his seed he would bless all peoples; and, that he would bless those who blessed Abram (and his descendents) and curse those who cursed Abram (and his descendants).

      Moreover Jesus said to his disciples: A new command I give you, that you love one another. He even taught them to love one another, as Jesus loved them, which meant to lay down their lives for each other. He even taught them to love their enemies.

      Do you still believe that Hitler was a Christian?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael500ca

      I have said this before and it is so stupid that I have to say it again. Yes, Hitler was a christian. He was so self-proclaimed catholic. Read Mein Kampf, he actually mentions it many times and felt he was on a quest from god. Read history!

      June 10, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      As you know simply claiming to be something doesn't necessarily make it so. We frequently see this in cases of fraud.

      Hitler may have been deceived, deluded, deranged, in denial or deceptive, but he certainly did not live by the teachings of Christ.

      Sadly there are many who claim to be Christians, who do not meet the standards of the Bible.

      Perhaps this was why the Apostle Peter wrote in his New Testament epistle: "Judgment will begin at the household of faith; and, if the righteous are scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear [on the Day of Judgment]?"

      Remember what the old time preachers used to say: Sitting in a church no more makes you a Christian, than sitting in a henhouse makes you a chicken.”

      June 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      It’s interesting that you should say that. Do you know that in the first and second century, the pagans referred to the Jews and Christians as atheists, because they didn’t believe in the traditional gods, and because they believed in an invisible God?

      Furthermore when the Romans began to persecute and execute the Christians, one of the main complaints people had about the Christians was that they were so obstinate or stubborn in their belief and commitment to Christ. The pagans couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t deny their God and join in the festivities.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Also Christians (including myself) also do not call Christianity a Religion. We call it the truth'
      See, now you are just outright lying. You call it a religion, pure and simple. To suggest christians do otherwise is just nonsense. You may believe it to be the turth but thats a whole other ball game.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • darkstar

      Adhereing one's thinking to logic and reason,accepting reality as it really is, and combating delusional ignorance is NOT a religion.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • H. B.

      Nice try, but that dog don't hunt. Religions have "holy writ," a thing which no group of atheists has. Moreover, there is no place for atheists to go to become certified preachers of atheism. There is no hierarchy among them, no temples or other places of "worship." There are no dogmas, no rituals, and nothing to pray to or try to appease. Your analogy falls flat on its kiester.

      I know what you're trying to do. You're trying to make any atheist remarks against your favorite fanaticism sound like some kind of religious bigotry. Trying to bring atheism down to your own level.

      Merely "believing" there is no god doesn't make the person religious, and it's the height of stupidity to claim that it does. But it does seem that the "believers" of our world religions enjoy being stupid, and enjoy demonstrating how low they are able to sink in order to discredit people who don't share their beliefs. Pretty snarky. And pitiful, when you think of how much brain power is going to waste – intentionally.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. billblues

    Imagine the day when religion goes away & science is the new god . The governments of the world continue it's religions to control the masses & keep them ignorant . Wake up people .

    June 8, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • kullybean

      mankinds greatest invention 'god'.. but lets hope science will catch up.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      For science to become a new god it have way to many "OOPS ,we were wrong", every 20 years or so.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolcat

      @Polly: as opposed to the church, which never admits when it's wrong?
      Science is the search for truth. Religion is the declaration one already has the truth, and the facts can be safely ignored. I'll take self-doubt and self-examination over arrogant declarations of infallibility any day. (See Pope Gregory VII)

      June 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrishYank2

      To assume that religion would supplant God is to assume that science will stop being science.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anonymous White Commenter

    What a pretty picture, I'd hang it on my wall! Good thing for the rest of the Universe that humans have no means of Interstellar Space Travel. It's better that we ruin just one planet instead of dozens.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah but...

      But there are so many other planets (litterally millions) that we could populate & 'destroy'... not to meniton mega-space cities...

      June 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      We aren't ruining the planet, just our habitat and the habitat of millions of other species. The planet will survive us, and new life will adapt. It just won't be us.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous Commenter

      Agreed, Kate. The planet will be here long after we've gone the way of the Dodo – it just may take a couple of millions years to recover.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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